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Up for sale is a vintage 1930s Gallet MultiChron Regulator Chronograph
Since the MultiChron Regulator was intended for professionals whose jobs included timing events--like pilots, doctors, and referees--Gallet subverted the typical "compax" dial layout that most chronographs used: chronograph sub-dials at 3 and 9 o'clock and the hour markers surrounding them. Instead, the hours and minutes were displayed in a small register at 12 o'clock, above the minute counter at 6'clock, in stunning gilt that contrasts sharply with the black of the dial. This configuration also made reading/using the regulator/telemeter scales much easier and offered an unobstructed view of the minute counter.
The MultiChron Regulator was powered by the Venus Caliber 140. Due to Gallet's purchase of the èbauche manufacturer in 1923, Gallet enjoyed exclusive use of Venus's movements, but did furnish them to brands like Rolex and Girard-Perregaux.
The Regulator proved a hit with pilots, and saw combat on the wrist of none other than Colonel Don Blakeslee, who has the distinction of flying more combat missions than any other pilot in the Second World War. The Regulator that we have here dates from the second execution of Regulator, produced from 1935 to 1945, the same period in which Colonel Blakeslee wore it. Examples from this period are a relatively rare find, especially in as good condition as this one is--an honest example of a timepiece that is as handsome as it is timeless.
Case diameter: c.34mm excluding crown and pushers
Lug Diameter: 18mm
Strap Type: one 18mm after-market beads of rice bracelet.
Dial condition: very good condition with crisp printing and fine overall patina
Case material/condition: stainless steel case is in very good condition over all, with moderate signs of use and wear in keeping with its age, including some scratches and tool marks on the sides of the case and the lugs; unsigned case back does have some signs of use and wear but is in otherwise very good condition
Movement: Venus 140 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement
Price is $4,900 paid by check or wire including insured worldwide shipping. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Thanks for looking!
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